President Obama Quits Smoking

President Obama has been known in the past for his habit of smoking under stress, but the First Lady recently announced that he has been cigarette-free for almost a year. In the past, Obama admitted that quitting was the easy part, according to HealthDay News. Staying smoke-free was cited as his most difficult problem.

Jonathan Whiteson, medical director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation Program, told the news source that many former nicotine addicts go back to smoking. On average, experts say that it takes approximately seven times to kick the habit for good.

Michelle Obama recently said at a press conference that her husband has always wanted to stop. She called it a “personal challenge” for him, but he has been successful in detoxifying over time. By quitting, President Obama has the potential to influence the younger generation to make healthier lifestyle choices as well.

Smoking can reduce an individual’s life span by approximately 13 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals who are interested in kicking their addiction to nicotine.